Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater hands-on

Jan 6, 2013
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Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater hands-on

Alongside the WeMo Light Switch that we got our little grubby hands on earlier, is the company's new Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater. It's essentially an iPad case that comes with a built-in speaker, giving Apple tablet users improved audio quality over what the default speakers provide, and providing a better movie-watching experience overall.

Belkin claims that the Thunderstorm is the "only truly portable, full-range stereo speaker system" for the iPad. We certainly can't argue with them, as we've never really seen an iPad case that comes with quite a substantial speaker before. However, the case itself does add a little bit of thickness that's a bit greater than most other iPad cases, but that's obviously to blame on the added technology.

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As far as sound quality goes, we definitely noticed an improved difference in the audio quality, and while we tested it out in a loud environment with a bunch of people chatting around us, the Belkin Thunderstorm provides a little bit of added bass that's desperately needed for those who want a better experience when watching movies on the iPad.

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The best part is, the Thunderstorm can connect to both 30-pin connectors or the new Lightning connector on the 4th-generation iPad. However, the added audio quality will cost you -- $199 to be exact, and it'll be available on Belkin's website and Amazon later this month with Apple Store availability in February.


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